Lundqvist expected to be re-evaluated in the next week

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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's return from a blood vessel injury isn't imminent, but he could be close to ramping up his recovery.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News offers an update on Lundqvist's status:

If all goes according to plan, Lundqvist will be re-evaluated in the next week or so and hopefully cleared for more aggressive rehab. After the trade deadline passes and the Rangers host Nashville that March 2 night, they will play four straight on the road, running up to a March 15 game against the Florida Panthers at the Garden.

Lundqvist suffered the vascular injury after being hit in the throat by a shot during a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 31. He remained in the game and played one more contest before being ruled out for at least three weeks.

The Rangers are 6-1-2 in his absence with Cam Talbot taking on the bulk of the workload, so it's unlikely they will look to add a goaltender before the deadline.

Lundqvist is expected back before the playoffs.

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